FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Spicket River Floodplain Acquisition   [open pdf - 49KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. This Best Practice Story describes, "The May 2006 flooding within the Arlington neighborhood of Lawrence, Massachusetts impacted two dozen fewer families than in the past, according to Michael Sweeney, Planning Director for the city. This older urban area is located next to the Spicket River, a tributary of the Merrimack River, and close to Malden Mills of textile manufacturing fame. In the previous twenty years, there have been several evacuations due to flooding. In 2003, the largest New England acquisition by FEMA was completed here with twenty two owners and tenants relocated out of the river floodplain at a cost of $1,411,430. A FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) award paid for 75%, and a Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant covered the remaining 25% of costs. MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency) and DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation) provided technical assistance. Two months after the heavy spring flooding in 2006, the grassy fields at the site appeared untouched." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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